Disciplines

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers address healthcare problems from a unique perspective, blending an understanding of biomedical science with specialist knowledge of engineering techniques and problem solving skills. Our reputation for biomedical innovation in areas such as developing the bionic ear and eye, and targeted drug delivery systems, ensures you are learning from leaders in the field, who are working on exciting projects aimed at solving major health dilemmas.

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical engineers develop large scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells. This can include industrial processes such as the brewing of beer, the production of drugs using recombinant bacteria, biological waste treatment and the production of food additives and cosmetics. Chemical engineering involves industrial-scale processes in which materials undergo chemical or physical changes to produce things we need for everyday life. Chemical engineers invent, design and implement these processes to produce pharmaceuticals, metals, fuels, plastics, paper, fabric and more.

Civil and Structural Engineering

Civil and structural engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment and the provision of essential services and infrastructure. Civil and structural engineers use their sophisticated understanding of these concepts to create solutions to improve our quality of life. Construction of the built environment, which includes structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels, requires engineers at the forefront of technology with a breadth of knowledge and experience. Similarly, our transport systems, water supply, ports and harbours are all examples of essential services where civil and structural engineers are vital in providing effective ways of interacting with the natural environment.

Computer Science

Computer science is the study of digital information and how it is gathered, manipulated, and used by computers. Computing is central to our society and our economy, and drives automation and innovation. in health, entertainment, science, and business. Computation gives us the tools to represent and make sense of data, whether it concerns the environment, the economy, health, entertainment, social and organisational structures, or any other sphere of human experience or endeavour. It has also fundamentally transformed the way we conduct science and engineering: simulation, virtual experiments, computational analysis, and prediction have become indispensible parts of the contemporary scientific method.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Electrical and electronic engineers play a key role in the design, implementation and management of systems that exploit electromagnetic and electronic phenomena to solve practical problems. This includes systems for energy conversion, power distribution, information processing, and automation. Career opportunities exist as technical specialists and managers in the energy and power, telecommunications, electronics, medical bionics, manufacturing, transport, defence, and computer industries.

Energy

Energy Systems is a rapidly growing field, drawing in expertise across the disciplines of engineering, science and business. As rapid advances are made in the renewable energy sector, there is a strong demand for skilled graduates areas such as renewable power generation, low emissions combustion, carbon-capture and storage and transportation. Our Energy Systems academics have strong ties with industry and are working on cross-disciplinary research in order to devise innovative solutions to the world’s energy needs.

Engineering Management

Engineering management is a growing discipline encompassing the business of overseeing technology-based enterprises. Engineering managers lead engineering projects and personnel in a range of technical fields such as product development, manufacturing, construction, design engineering, industrial engineering, software engineering and telecommunications.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering involves the planning, design and management of the natural environment. Environmental engineers are working to solve the world’s critical environmental problems, such as limited water and energy resources and climate change. They also clean up environmental problems caused by pollution, such as contaminated industrial land sites and polluted waterways, predict environmental problems caused by accidents like oil spills, and design ways to conserve the natural environment and to safely treat and dispose of waste material.

Information Systems

Information Systems is the study of interaction between technology and people. It uses hardware and software as tools to solve business and social problems, and involves effective creation and deployment of information technology products to enable organisational and social processes. The focus is on the intersection of technical knowledge and human activities, such as electronic commerce, knowledge management, telecommunications, and multimedia.

Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics focus on turning energy into power and motion. This discipline looks at the generation, conversion and use of energy, as well as the design, construction and operation of devices and systems. Mechanical Engineers develop and design new products, such as mobile phones, gaming consoles, air conditioners, cars and aircraft. Mechatronics is the discipline concerned with the integration of mechanical, electronic and software engineering. A detailed understanding of how these areas interact enables the development of ‘smart’ products and systems such as computer-controlled robots, washing machines, automotive equipment, wind and wave generators and electric vehicles.

Spatial

Spatial Systems, or Geomatics explores the science and technology behind the capture, management and analysis of spatial information about the natural, built and social environments. Spatial information lies behind search and rescue efforts, GPS, Google Earth and mobile location-based services, such as Foursquare and Facebook check in. Spatial Information and Geomatics is a rapidly expanding field fuelled by the growth in information and communication technology. Spatial information is an essential and indispensible part of any economy’s infrastructure.